Tech roundup: SendGrid, BillGO, ANGI Homeservices all make acquisition deals, and more

by April Bohnert
October 18, 2018
SendGrid acquired by Twilio Colorado tech
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SendGrid announces $2B acquisition by San Fran-based Twilio

On Monday, nearly a year after its debut on the New York Stock Exchange, SendGrid announced it will be acquired by San Francisco-based Twilio in a deal valued around $2 billion. The acquisition will help expand Twilio’s API capabilities to encompass a broader spectrum of digital communications, namely email. Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson confirmed in a conference call with press this week that SendGrid will continue to operate as an independent unit here in Colorado, with CEO Sameer Dholakia at the helm. [Read more.]


BillGO acquires Prism Colorado tech
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BillGO acquires bill-tracking application Prism

B2B payment processing startup BillGO announced Tuesday the acquisition of Redmond, WA-based Prism, which provides a mobile app to help people track, manage and pay their monthly bills. The company’s existing network of more than 11,000 billers will greatly expand BillGO’s customer base and enable the Fort Collins-based startup to provide more options to current and future customers. The Prism team will continue to operate out of its Redmond office. [Read more.]


Verblio rebranding Colorado tech
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BlogMutt relaunches as multimedia content creator Verblio

Boulder-based blog writing service BlogMutt got a major overhaul, rebranding itself as Verblio and launching a range of written content solutions and a new AI-based video creation service. “Verblio provides a complete approach to content creation for digital SEO and content marketing,” said Chief Executive Officer Steve Pockross. “Our focus on SEO and digital marketing, an easy-to-use platform and engaged writers with deep subject-matter expertise produces highly engaging and effective content.” The company has been a bootstrapped success story in the Boulder tech community since its founding in 2011. The rebranding marks both the beginning of a new phase for the company, as it embraces the changing landscape of modern content marketing. [Read more.]

ANGI Homeservices acquires Handy Colorado tech
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ANGI Homeservices to buy NY-based Handy

ANGI Homeservices, the parent company of HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List, announced plans to buy the New York-based startup Handy, whose app lets people book appointments on-demand with homeservices professionals and cleaners, shop online for home goods and even hire professionals to install or assemble the goods they purchase. The acquisition will enable ANGI Homeservices to expand its offerings from repairs and renovations for homeowners to smaller tasks that appeal to millennial renters, who are quickly emerging as the biggest group of homebuyers in the country. [Read more.]

GHX new leaders Colorado tech
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GHX expands leadership team

Healthcare business and data automation company GHX added two new leaders to its team this week, bringing on Bob McCarthy as the new senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, and Laura Dunbar as the new senior vice president of global marketing. McCarthy most recently led corporate development for Broomfield-based Level 3 Communications and brings more than 20 years of experience leading corporate development and strategy teams. Dunbar, who previously served as VP of marketing for healthtech company GetWellNetwork, will lead the global marketing team at GHX, leveraging both her technology and healthcare background. [Read more.]

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